Convicted Felon Wanted In Connection With 2 Shootings
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Warrants have been issued for a convicted felon who is wanted in connection with two shootings, including one early Thursday morning in North Nashville.
Officials with the Metro Nashville Police Department said 36-year-old Antonio Batts is wanted on charges of attempted homicide, attempted aggravated robbery and two counts of felon in possession of a weapon for two separate attacks, including a shooting on 14th Avenue North.
Police said the 22-year-old shooting victim knew Watts and identified him as the suspect.
The victim reportedly told detectives that Batts approached him and asked him for money. When he said he didn’t have any, police said Batts struck him in the head with a handgun and shot him.
The victim was transported to Vanderbilt Medical Center, where he was in stable condition.
In another alleged incident on July 7, Watts has been accused of approaching a relative and shooting him in the leg when he refused Batts’ robbery demands. Police said the victim was treated for non-life threatening injuries.
Investigators said Batts has previous convictions for aggravated robbery, cocaine sales, and aggravated assault. He was recently freed on $50,000 bond for an April arrest for aggravated assault and felon in possession of a weapon.
Anyone with information has been asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME. Police said he should be considered armed and dangerous.